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FM spokesman welcomes Europe's offer of nuclear fuel to Iran
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi welcomed Europe's offer of nuclear fuel supplies but said it would not nonetheless deter Tehran from pursuing its legitimate right to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. - 10/31/04

Peaceful nuclear bill urges Iranian government to defend nation's right: Parliament speaker
Majlis Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel said here Sunday that the bill on getting access to peaceful nuclear technology urged the government not to ignore nation's right to use the technology for peaceful purposes. - 10/31/04

Iran, France sign cultural agreement
Iran and France signed Sunday an agreement for cultural cooperation in major fields of archaeology, research, history of art and exchange of art information. - 10/31/04

The soft-spoken developer behind Rancho San Juan
As a young man in Tehran, years before the 1979 revolution toppled the Iranian government that employed his father, Mohammad "Moe" Nobari knew he wanted to be a builder. -Monterey County Herald, CA - 10/31/04

Iran's MJF to construct 38-km mountain road in UAE
The Iranian heavyweight and state-run conglomerate, Mostazafan and Janbazan Foundation (MJF), has signed a contract with officials of the neighboring United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a bid to construct a mountain road spanning 38 kilometers. - 10/31/04

Iran resumes export of goods to Iraq from Arvandkenar
Export of goods to Iraq from Arvandkenar port resumed on Sunday following a two-month suspension of the operations. - 10/31/04

Opium flood overwhelms Afghanistan
While vast amounts of Western money has been spent stemming Afghanistan’s massive heroin export trade, the fragile nation is facing widespread domestic addiction largely unaided. A new UN report this week will name Afghanistan as the world’s leading producer of narcotics, ousting Columbia. -Scotsman, UK - 10/31/04

Best of British
From Henry Moore to Sarah Lucas, from Tehran to Tokyo. For 70 years the British Council has been using art and culture to sell its idea of Britishness to the rest of the world. -Guardian - 10/31/04

ElBaradei dismisses revenge claim
UN nuclear watchdog head Mohamed ElBaradei has dismissed claims he timed news of missing explosives in Iraq to affect the outcome of the US election. -BBC - 10/31/04

Pentagon Suppresses Details of Civilian Casualties, Says Expert
The Pentagon is collecting figures on local casualties in Iraq, contrary to its public claims, but the results are classified, according to one of the authors of an independent study which reported last week that the war has killed at least 100,000 Iraqis. -Independent - 10/31/04

Ancient Art - Persia
Region traditionally known as Persia is now called Iran. The term ancient Persia is used to refer to the period before the advent of Islam in the 7th century A.D. -Huntfor - 10/31/04

Iran: 'Hey World, Pay Attention to Us!'
Iran plans to build Shaare'2 as a parallel network, lure users by offering them five gigabytes of storage space for a nominal fee and eventually dismantle the current networks by busting unapproved ISPs. -Newsweek - 10/31/04

Iranian Americans Join to Promote Political Activism
Iranians represent the largest Middle Eastern immigrant group in the Washington area but one of the least visible. Many are highly educated professionals who are secular. Think Chanel, not chador. -Washington Post - 10/31/04

Iranian MPs approve uranium bill
The Iranian parliament has passed the first stage of a bill which would force the government to resume its uranium enrichment programme. -BBC - 10/31/04

Random shots - or hate crime?
The first time I met Haudi Dehdashti was 10 years ago. Nine at the time, he was teaching his fellow students a few phrases in Farsi, the official tongue of Iran. -Arizona Daily Star - 10/30/04

Iran, China to construct gas condensates refinery
Iran and China signed a memorandum of understanding on Friday night in Beijing to construct a gas condensates refinery in Iran's southern city of Bandar Abbas. - 10/30/04

Tremor jolts Kerman suburbs southeast of Iran
A mild earthquake measuring 3.4 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale jolted the outskirts of the city of Kerman (capital of the province of the same name) in southeastern Iran late Friday - 10/30/04

German national football team defender still raves over Iran trip
Three weeks after Germany beat Iran 2-0 during a friendly match at Tehran's Azadi Stadium, a member of the German national football team still raved over the Iran visit, calling the Iranians' enthusiastic welcome "impressive". - 10/30/04

Middle East sees benefits of Bush
There is surprising support for a second Bush term in Iran and the Arab world, writes Brian Whitaker -Guardian - 10/30/04

Cheney oil firm faces UK inquiry
US vice-president mired in claims of bribery and corruption against his former company in four countries -Guardian - 10/30/04

Iran 3rd major producer of dimensional stones worldwide in 2003
Public Relations Department at Iran's Mineral House said 10 million tons of dimensional stones, including marmatite, travertine, china stone and granite were extracted from 962 dimensional stone mines in Iran in 2003. - 10/30/04

Iran's Saipa auto exports up by 170 percent in 1st 7 months
Based on the report, Syria is the main customer of Saipa products with about 12,000 Pride cars plying in the country's streets. Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt and Armenia are among other Saipa customers. - 10/30/04

Germany to host 11th Iranian Theater Festival next month
The 11th Iranian Theater Festival will take place next month in three German cities, Cologne, Bonn and Berlin - 10/30/04

Iranian Diaspora, Pre-Islamic Era
The Achaemenid empire attained its fullest extent under its first three kings; and for the next two centuries or so Iranians colonized in numbers the most attractive of its non-Iranian territories. -CHN - 10/30/04

After 42 years, Sharif and O'Toole decide the time is right to get their epic act together again
One Night with the King tells the story of the Biblical figure Esther, who became the queen of Persia, and, according to myth and movie, saved the Jewish nation from annihilation. Although the story unfolds in present-day Iraq and Iran, for obvious reasons the producers of the $16m (£9m) epic have chosen to shoot their film in north-western India. -Guardian - 10/30/04

Iranian Nobel Peace Prize Winner Joins Battle Against US Treasury Department for Free Speech
Shirin Ebadi, the Iranian human rights activist who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, has filed suit against the U.S. Treasury Department in federal court in New York because regulations of the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) prohibit the publication of a book she wants to write about her life and her work for readers in the United States. - 10/29/04

Rafsanjani says Iran to continue talks with EU on nuclear plans
Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said in Tehran on Friday that Iran will continue talks with Europe over its nuclear energy plans whenever necessary. - 10/29/04

Italy's Eni: production at the South Pars gas field in Iran started up
The South Pars field will initially produce 14 million cubic meters of gas per day and at full capacity will reach 58 million cubic meters of gas per day (20 billion cubic meters per year). - 10/29/04

Presidential nominees address Iranian-American issues
As the first presidential voter guide ever to specifically address Iranian-American issues, you will find the positions of President George Bush and Senator John Kerry on issues not addressed by any other media outlet. The questions have been crafted by NIAC based on issues that specifically concern the Iranian-American community. - 10/29/04

Iran Sees Small Chance of UN Economic Sanctions
Iran believes there is only a 10 percent chance the U.N. Security Council will impose economic sanctions on it if Washington succeeds in sending its nuclear case there, a senior security official said on Friday. -Reuters - 10/29/04

Khatami stresses removing problems of Iranian teachers, education sector
Speaking at a meeting of elite teachers from across the country, Khatami referred to the role of education and teachers in the society and lauded the recent steps taken to improve the teachers' welfare and financial conditions. - 10/29/04

Iraq death toll 'soared post-war'
Poor planning, air strikes by coalition forces and a "climate of violence" have led to more than 100,000 extra deaths in Iraq, scientists say. -BBC - 10/29/04

The Empress of Iran: In the Presence of Royalty
When Her Majesty Farah Pahlavi, the Empress of Iran, walked into the room you knew you were in the presence of royalty. The last Empress of Iran greeted hundreds of her fellow countrymen last week at a reception and book signing at Queens College. -Great Neck Record - 10/29/04

Iran-EU talks to resume Nov. 5 as deadline looms
Nuclear talks between the EU and Iran will resume in Paris on Nov. 5 with Tehran facing a looming deadline to agree to freeze uranium enrichment or risk referral to the U.N. Security Council, diplomats said on Thursday. -Reuters - 10/29/04

Fall in icensed sales hits UK exports to Iran
The number of licensed sales of British strategic exports to Iran fell back to 64 in the first half of the current year while there was a rise in the number of applications rejected, according to latest figures from the UK Foreign Office. - 10/29/04

Iran: European Parliament condemn execution of children and persecution of journalists
In a resolution adopted by 105 votes in favour and none against with six abstentions, MEPs strongly condemn the execution in Iran of the 16 year old Ateqeh Rajabi and all other death sentences and executions of child offenders in that country. - 10/29/04

Iran, China oil officials underline energy cooperation
The visiting Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said in Beijing on Friday that his country welcomed the participation of Chinese companies in offshore and onshore drilling activities in its oil fields. - 10/29/04

World Bank Loan To Support Iran’s Reconstruction Efforts Following Bam Earthquake
The World Bank today approved a $220 million loan to the Government of Iran for a project to help restore the living conditions of communities in the southeastern city of Bam which was struck by a powerful earthquake nearly a year ago. - 10/29/04

Iranian Oil Minister and Chinese FM discuss expansion of bilateral ties
Zanganeh further reiterated that since Iran ranks second in oil production among OPEC members and holds the second largest oil and gas reserves in the world, the Islamic Republic can be considered as a reliable source for China's energy demand, the country which is set to be the biggest oil and gas consumer in the world in the future. - 10/28/04

25 percent rise in EU exports to Iran
The European Union is on course to export a record of over Euro 10 billion (Dlrs 12.7 bn) worth of goods to Iran in 2004 after reporting a 25 percent increase to Euro 5.4 billion in the first half of the year. - 10/28/04

'Failing states' more of a nuclear threat than Iran - UK report
The West is placing too much attention about nuclear proliferation risks from Iran and North Korea instead of focusing on 'failing states' such as Pakistan and Russia, according to a think-tank set up by Prime Minister Tony Blair. - 10/28/04

Iran Nuclear Talks with Europe to Continue
Talks between key European countries and Iran on Tehran's nuclear program broke up after five hours of negotiations with no definite conclusions. Marlene Smith reports from Vienna, where the talks were held, diplomats agreed to meet again soon for further discussions. -VOA - 10/28/04

Powell Cautions Israel on Iran Action
Secretary of State Colin Powell advised Israel on Wednesday that diplomacy and not force is the way to deal with Iran's nuclear weapons program. -AP - 10/28/04

Central Asia: French Scholar Highlights 'Women Of Authority'
French scholar Habiba Fathi has spent months at a time in remote villages of Central Asia, immersing herself in the culture and customs. The researcher -- at the French Institute for Central Asian Studies in Tashkent -- has now emerged with portraits of 76 women who serve as local religious leaders in their communities. - 10/28/04

Unesco's 'blue berets' to rescue cultural treasures
The United Nations yesterday announced the creation of a new kind of rapid reaction force to step in wherever art treasures are threatened by war or natural disaster. -Guardian - 10/28/04

Press freedom remains poor in Central Asia
Freedom of the press remains poor amongst the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, says a new report by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). - 10/28/04

Shirana Shahbazi at TRANS>area
New York's TRANS>area presents Shirana Shahbazi's first solo exhibition in New York City in conjunction with Salon 94 and The Wrong Gallery. -nonstarvingartists - 10/28/04

Seymour Hersh: Man On Fire
In an astonishingly candid and far-ranging interview, the journalist who exposed major stories from the My Lai massacre to the Abu Ghraib scandal, proves that his voice is every bit as powerful as his pen. -Alternet - 10/28/04

Iranian FM discusses bilateral relations with UAE officials
Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi on Wednesday discussed bilateral relations and regional developments with UAE's senior officials in Abu Dhabi. - 10/28/04

Iran terms Caspian Sea talks as 'constructive'
The Caspian Sea special working group held positive and constructive talks in the 15th round of their meeting in Moscow on Wednesday, said Iran's representative to the group Mehdi Safari. - 10/28/04

No result at Iran nuclear talks
Fresh talks with European negotiators on Iran's controversial nuclear programme have ended without agreement but are set to resume shortly. -BBC - 10/28/04

Ayatollah Herissi: No obstacle for authorizing Iranian women to run for presidency
Member of the Experts Assembly Ayatollah Hashem Hashemzadeh Herissi said on Wednesday that interpreting the terms 'Rejal' envisaged in the constitution who can run for president is up to the Guardian Council. - 10/28/04

Pakistani, Indian ministers to discuss Iran gasline: report
Petroleum ministers of Pakistan and India are expected to meet in Islamabad early next month to discuss the possibility of laying a multi-billion-dollar trans-Pakistan gas pipeline, that will carry gas from Iran - 10/28/04

Iran's hard-liners turn a censorious eye on Web journalists
The recent arrest of several bloggers, online journalists, and Internet technicians in Iran has raised fears that the country's old guard is determined to muzzle dissent in cyberspace. -CSM - 10/28/04

A Proposal to Break the Iran-Nuke Deadlock
The European proposal to Iran to stop uranium enrichment activity in return for commercial and investment considerations and a guarantee of fuel supply to her nuclear power plants is an insult to our intelligence. We must have done a lot of wrong in other situations in order to deserve this child-like treatment. -Kourosh Zaïm, Iran Daily - 10/28/04

Iran's clerics lean towards Kerry to ease pressure
Iranian officials like to portray U.S. presidential elections as a choice between bad and worse but there is little doubt they would prefer Democratic challenger John Kerry to win next week. -Reuters - 10/27/04

Jon Stewart v. 'Perception Management'
Election 2004 is turning out to be a surprising test for the old Reagan-Bush concept of “perception management,” as more and more Americans question the official story on Iraq and seek alternative views, sometimes from satirical programs like Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show.” - 10/27/04

Conference: Energy Situation and Nuclear Crisis in Iran
October 29 in Los Angeles. Speakers: Dr. Farideh Farhi, University of Hawaii; Dr. Mohammad Sahimi, University of Southern California - AIC - 10/27/04

Can Iranians be Democrats or not?
A reader's response to: Iranians can not be Democrats published on Oct 20, 2004. -Payam Ean, Southern California - 10/27/04

Iran parliament joins nuclear row
Iran's hardline dominated parliament says it has received a draft bill which could oblige the government in Tehran to resume uranium enrichment. -BBC - 10/27/04

Task for next president: curb Iran's nuclear appetite
I asked a visiting editor from Azerbaijan a few days ago what his countrymen's principal concerns were. One of the most significant, he said, was that the US might use Azerbaijan as a base for the US to invade neighboring Iran. -CSM - 10/27/04

Bush Foreign Policy 'Revolution' at Stake in Election
The foreign policy "revolution" launched by President Bush, including his commitment to use military force against those he sees as a threat to America, is at stake in the Nov. 2 election. -Reuters - 10/27/04

Iran develops key nuclear metal
Iranian scientists have developed technology to produce zirconium, a key metal used in the heart of a nuclear reactor to produce nuclear fuel, a top nuclear official has said. -AP - 10/27/04

Iran to participate in 1st international trade fair in Kabul, Afghanistan
The president of Iran's Chamber of Commerce, Mohammad Behzadian, announced in Tehran on Wednesday that Iran will participate in the First International Kabul Trade Fair on November 20. - 10/27/04

Amnesty: US 'War on Terror' Mentality Leads to Torture
The United States is more concerned with getting around international laws which prohibit torture than with safeguarding human rights as it wages its "war on terror", Amnesty International said in a report. -AFP - 10/27/04

Iran to establish auto production factory in Syria
Iran's Ambassador to Damascus Mohammad-Reza Baqeri said on Tuesday that establishment of factory for production of Samand Sedan in Syria is considered as a turning point in expansion of industrial cooperation between the two countries as well as in the region. - 10/27/04

A Nuclear Iran: Can It Be “Good” and Bad For America?
Sometime between now and 2007 the world is likely to wake up one morning to the sound of a big explosion in Iran. This explosion will be associated with one of the following two events: Either an Israeli-American strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities with the intended goal of stopping Iran’s nuclear program, or an underground nuclear test by Iranian government that will announce Iran’s entry into the nuclear club. -Nader Habibi - 10/27/04

The Basic Strategy for Syria and Iran: How to Effect Regime Change and Expand the Empire
To maintain the global dominance it has achieved since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the U.S. must establish geopolitical control over Central Asia and the Middle East. -Counterpunch - 10/27/04

Iran's Parliament endorses urgency of cellphone operation bill
Iran's Parliament (Majlis) in its Tuesday session approved the urgency of a bill which allows implementation of an agreement on the second operator for cellular phone with the Turkish company IranCell, a TurkCell subsidiary. - 10/27/04

Iran: Parliament postpones debate on plane import from China and drinking water export to Kuwait
Majlis on Tuesday failed to reach consensus on import of 28 MD90 planes from China, postponing the debate to its future session. - 10/27/04

Two Iranian ministers to be impeached simultaneously: MP
Impeachment process for two other ministers of President Mohammad Khatami's cabinet will be held in future simultaneously, said a Majlis deputy said on Tuesday - 10/26/04

NIAC Registers Hundreds of First-time Iranian-American Voters
NIAC coordinated dozens of registration drives in eleven different states, including California, Georgia, Michigan, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Washington, Virginia and the District of Columbia. - 10/26/04

Persepolis Recreated at Towson University in Maryland
The Iranian-American Cultural Society of Maryland cordially invite you to a presentation of and discussion on the Persepolis Recreated, a documentary film that reveals the magnificence of Persian palaces, as they were built 2500 years ago - 10/26/04

Iran-Syria relations in economic field to reach 3 billion dollars
The visiting Iranian Minister of Industry and Mines Es'haq Jahangiri said in Damascus on Monday evening that Iran-Syria economic cooperation would be worth three billion dollars in the next few years. - 10/26/04

Islamic sales week, London: market cools after spring frenzy
Widely marketed, the sale successfully tapped into a distinctly Iranian taste that is evidently backed by substantial wealth, realising 81% sales by lot and 88% by value, with two auction records broken. The top lot was a portrait of emperor Fath Ali Shah (estimate £500,000-800,000) sold for £901,600, a record for a Qajar painting. -Art Newspaper - 10/26/04

Quake hits southwest of Tehran
An earthquake measuring 3.8 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale shook the city of Saveh in Central province, south of Tehran, on Tuesday. - 10/26/04

EU Dangles “Carrots” to Secure Iran’s Nuclear Cooperation
Iran has sent mixed signals on a European Union proposal, under which Tehran would abandon efforts to develop nuclear weapons in return for greater cooperation in the nuclear-energy sphere and expanded trade opportunities. -Eurasianet - 10/26/04

Over 1.8 million Afghan refuges in Iran have returned home: UNHCR
Interior Ministry's figure point to 2.5 million Afghans settling in Iran during the two decade of devastating war in the country. - 10/26/04

Hope for Democracy in Iran
Many people in the West believe that the deadlock in Iran's domestic politics blocks any hope for societal reform. But from my viewpoint here in Iran, there is hope. Let me tell you why. -Emadeddin Baghi - 10/26/04

Filmmaker recreates Persepolis using simulations
Every detail matters for archeological filmmaker Farzin Rezaeian, whose new documentary was 2,500 years in the making. In Persepolis Recreated, Rezaeian switches between real-life images and computer simulations to create a complete interpretation of ancient Persepolis, which was destroyed by Alexander the Great in 450 B.C. -Chicago Maroon - 10/26/04

Any Confessions from Arrested Iranian Journalists are Illegal
Nemat Ahmadi, the lawyer representing Omid Memarian, Masoud Ghoreyshi, and Reza Vatanikhah, the Iranian journalists arrested in relation to Internet sites, said in a statement to the Iranian Students News Agency on October 20th, that “any confessions obtained from my clients, in an unknown location, without the presence of legal council, and by unknown, unauthorized and unprofessional persons, whose relation to and position within the Judiciary remains unclear, should be viewed as illegal and in violation of the 35th amendment of the Iranian Constitution, which guarantees the right to legal council for all those charged with a crime.” - 10/25/04

Iran seeks clear-cut assurance from Europeans on nuclear proposal
Iran described Sunday a European proposal to halt its uranium enrichment activities as 'preliminary' and 'unbalanced', saying the Europeans are first required to assure Tehran of fulfilling what they promise. - 10/25/04

Poetry Far from Home
The Translation Project seeks to track the rich tradition of Persian poetry in the Diaspora since the 1979 revolution, now that so many Iranians reside outside of their home country. -AlterNet - 10/25/04

Hoopla, hype for nothing: Persepolis and Esteqlal in a tie
Weeks of ballyhoo and plug for an insipid derby. Some 80,000 partisan fans preferred cold rain-drenched stands in Azadi Stadium to their cozy homes to watch the traditional derby between the Reds and the Blues in an autumn Friday. - 10/25/04

Iran's surplus oil revenue to hit over 20 billion dollars by year-end
Iran's surplus oil revenue will hit over 20 billion dollars by the end of current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2005) due to the recent hikes in oil prices. - 10/25/04

Iran, China exchange 712 million dollars worth of goods in six months
Level of trade exchanges between the Islamic Republic of Iran and China hit Dlrs 712 million in the first half of the current Iranian year, public relations department of Iran's Customs Administration announced in Tehran on Sunday. - 10/25/04

Iran's Sixth Provincial Stock Market Launched in Yazd
The Yazd stock market is sixth after those in Mashhad, Tabriz, Kerman, Isfahan and Ahvaz. The government says it plans to set up additional stock exchanges in Sari, Rasht, Zahedan and Urumieh. - 10/25/04

Iran accounts for less than 15 pc of shipping in Caspian Sea
Director General of Gilan Province Ports and Shipping Department Farhad Montaser Kouhsari on Sunday announced that Iran currently accounts for less than 15 percent of marine transportation via the Caspian Sea. - 10/25/04

Experts Prepare Jiroft's 5,000-Year Map
Nicknamed as “The Lost Paradise” by experts, historical sites of Jiroft are located by the bank of Halil River, which covers 8450 sq km and houses artifacts dating from the Neolithic to Islamic period. -CHN - 10/25/04

Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards get bigger appetite
The vast and well-funded Revolutionary Guards are still the most potent force available to the regime. And their network of soldiers and vigilantes may be hungry for even more clout as Tehran faces new pressures over its nuclear ambitions, the war in Iraq and the approach of Iran's critical presidential election next year, analysts say. -AP - 10/25/04

Mother of Iranian Caravansaries Gets ID Card
The project to survey, document and clean Deir-e Gachin, mother of Iranian caravansaries, in the National Kavir Park is completed -CHN - 10/25/04

86-year-old Iranian painter's works on display in Brussels
Iranian painter Reza Laal Riahi completed 86 years of his life last September. He was born in Mashhad on September 26, 1918 but has been living since 1963 in Brussels, where he creates oil paintings. - 10/25/04

BASF, Shell to decide in December on Iran's NPC bid for Basell
Iran's NPC, two private equity consortia and a consortium headed by Bain Capitals were in the bidding to purchase Basell for three to four billion dollars. - 10/25/04

Why Iran Wants Four More Years
The president got an unusual endorsement Tuesday; Hasan Rowhani, the head of Iran's security council, told local media that Tehran's best interest is served by the re-election of George W. Bush. Does it seem strange that a member of the "axis of evil" would support our current administration? Not if you understand the circumstances surrounding our attack on Iraq. -Common Dreams - 10/25/04

Rowhani: Iran to cooperate with IAEA to prove US claims are baseless
Iran is voluntarily cooperating with the UN nuclear watchdog to show to the world that US allegations on Tehran's secret programs to develop nuclear weapons are totally baseless and sheer lies, said a top security official in Tehran on Monday - 10/25/04

Disunited Reformist Front In Iran Seeks Presidential Candidate
"The reformist current is now a dead current, and I think it is going to be highly unlikely for it to be able to find a unanimously agreed candidate in the forthcoming presidential election," Tehran parliamentary representative Emad Afruq said according to "Kayhan" on 16 October. -RFE - 10/23/04

Iranian American Political Action Committee Seeks Executive Director
The Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC) has an exciting new opportunity for an Executive Director position that will manage the day-to-day operations of IAPAC. We are seeking a dynamic, high energy, resourceful individual. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. - 10/23/04

Value of Iran's foreign trade hit 62.6 billion dollars last year
Total value of Iran's foreign trade reached 62.6 billion dollars in the Iranian calendar year of 1382 (2003), including 35.3 billion dollars exports and 27.3 billion dollars imports, Commerce Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari said. - 10/23/04

Photos: First Autumn Rain in Tehran
Last week Tehran enjoyed its fist autumn rain of the year. And not everyone was quite ready for it. Here are some pictures for you to enjoy, courtesy of ISNA photographer Saman Aghvami. - 10/23/04

Iran: Court upholds fine for provincial weekly for libel
An appeal court in the central city of Isfahan has upheld punishments, including substitute fine for lashes, for an editor who is indicted on charges of libel and publication of indecent pictures in her weekly, IRNA reporetd. - 10/23/04

Iranian Journalists Hold Protest Meeting in Tehran
Iranian The Federation of Iranian Journalists has held a meeting in Tehran to protest at the arrests of eight webloggers and reformist newspaper journalists in recent months. - 10/22/04

IRAN: European online media uphold jailed online journalists
Twenty European news websites have expressed their concern at the recent imprisonment of five Iranian online journalists. They made their stand in a Reporters Without Borders (RSF) appeal over the crackdown against online media in Iran. -IRIN - 10/22/04

European online press rally to the support of five imprisoned online Iranian journalists
20 leading European online news sites have rallied to join Reporters Without Borders in support of colleagues in Iran as the fifth journalist was arrested on 18 October in a crackdown against the online media. - 10/22/04

The Federation of Iranian Journalists Releases Statement Protesting Recent Arrests
The Federation of Iranian Journalists has released a statement protesting the continued arrests of journalists and has asked all supporters of free press, especially journalists, to join the Federation in this protest. - 10/21/04

Corruption is rampant in 60 countries, and the public sector is plagued by bribery, says Transparency International
"Corruption robs countries of their potential,” said Eigen. “As the Corruption Perceptions Index 2004 shows, oil-rich Angola, Azerbaijan, Chad, Ecuador, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Libya, Nigeria, Russia, Sudan, Venezuela and Yemen all have extremely low scores. In these countries, public contracting in the oil sector is plagued by revenues vanishing into the pockets of western oil executives, middlemen and local officials." - 10/21/04

Celebrating Women in Human Rights: 2004 Human Rights Award Dinner
Mehrangiz Kar, a lawyer and writer, was sentenced to four years in prison for advocating change in Iran at a 2000 conference in Berlin attended by many of Iran’s leading reformists. Kar’s arrest marked the beginning of a sustained crackdown on those calling for reform in Iran that continues to this day. -Human Rights First - 10/20/04

Iranians unite over nuclear row
Iran has been quite categorical about saying it will not stop its uranium enrichment, only suspend it, and only under certain conditions. This view is strongly endorsed by many ordinary Iranians, irrespective of their allegiance to the regime. -BBC - 10/20/04

Iran, European trio to discuss proposal on Thursday: Diplomat
The European proposal on Iran's nuclear activities will be discussed during Thursday afternoon meeting between Iran and the European trio in Vienna, it was announced in Vienna on Wednesday. - 10/20/04

Kerry or Bush? That Is the Question!
On Sunday October 3rd, as part of its ongoing pre-election community education series, Bay Area Iranian-American Democrats (, held its third open public forum entitled What Is at Stake, Why This Is the Most Important Election of Our Lifetime. Dr. Abbas Milani, a Research Fellow at Hoover Institution and visiting Political Science professor at Stanford University was the keynote speaker. - 10/20/04

IEEE restores services
The world's largest technical professional association has restored most of the free services it withdrew from members living in Iran, Cuba, and Sudan nearly 3 years ago out of concern that continuing to provide them might violate US trade embargoes against those countries. -BioMed Central - 10/20/04

Iranian Shia leader cuts ties with Sadr
A senior religious leader in Iran has severed ties with radical Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr for encouraging his followers to fight US troops. -BBC - 10/20/04

EU seeks Iran's cooperation on nuclear program
Senior officials from Britain, France and Germany will travel to Tehran for talks on Iran's nuclear program, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw announced on Tuesday. - 10/20/04

Iran launches fresh missile test
Iran has test-fired an improved version of the Shahab-3 ballistic missile, the county's defence minister has said. -BBC - 10/20/04

Iran's membership in major European energy organization recommended
A committee of energy experts in Iran has recommended the Islamic Republic's full membership in the Brussels-based Energy Treaty Charter (ECT). - 10/20/04

EU urged to engage with Iran before US elections
Iran will top the US agenda after next month's presidential elections and the European Union will lose out if it does not seek to use its influence now, former UK Foreign Office Minister Tony Lloyd has warned. - 10/20/04

Iranians can not be Democrats
Here we go again, another four years has gone by and another election year is upon us and like all the other election years- assuming that we do partake in the electoral process of our adopted country- we rush to support our party’s candidates without any questions asked -Sharm Zindini - 10/20/04

Israeli link to Indo-Iran N talks
Although India has assiduously avoided mention of Iran's nuclear ambitions, the two-day talks between national security adviser JN Dixit and Iran's top nuclear negotiator and Hassan Rouhani in Iran was not without nuclear content. -Times of India - 10/20/04

A safe motorcycle ride in Tehran!
No explanation required! - 10/20/04

Bush and Kerry dance to the tune of Ariel Sharon
In the Middle East maelstrom, all parties acknowledge one fixed point: forceful US diplomatic engagement is essential if the central Israel-Palestine conflict is ever to be resolved. But far from taking the lead over the past four years, the Bush administration has been mostly led by the nose. The man responsible for this extraordinary feat is Israel's prime minister, Ariel Sharon. -Guardian - 10/20/04

Dark humour for dark times
One of the unexpected consequences of the 9/11 attacks in the United States is an upsurge in humour by and about Muslims, which has begun to be enjoyed by a wider American audience. -BBC - 10/20/04

Iran's treasure hunt leads to London
Iran says it has halted the sale of an ancient jar in London, the latest episode in Tehran's battle to retrieve looted treasures from a town hailed as one of civilisation's missing links. -Reuters - 10/20/04

Fakhradin Fakhraddini: The Iranian Karsh
Fakhradin Fakhraddini is a very well known Iranian Photographer and many, and without much exaggeration, have called him the Joseph Karsh of Iran. I had the honor to be invited to the opening of his latest photo exhibition at one of the most favorite galleries in Tehran, the Niavaran Cultural Center Exhibition House where many of his portraits of famous Iranians are on show -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 10/19/04

Iranian journalist Ali-Reza Jabari released after more than 18 months in prison
The worldwide press freedom organisation said that international pressure and a campaign by Chilean author Isabel Allende were responsible for the decision to free Jabari who, despite being more than 60 years old and suffering heart trouble, received 174 lashes in detention. -RSF - 10/19/04

EU makes final nuke offer to Iran Thursday-diplomats
"The political directors from the EU three are meeting (Hassan) Rohani on Thursday here to formally hand over the offer," said a Western diplomat familiar with the talks between the Europeans and Iran. "I think Iran may be disappointed," the diplomat said about the four-page document Rohani would receive containing terms of the European Union's offer. -Reuters - 10/19/04

Shlomo Avineri Speaks on Democracy and the Pursuit of Peace in the Middle East
And you have the case of Iran. As an Israeli, and I think today it is not just an Israeli concern, we all have concerns about a number of aspects of Iranian policy regarding possible nuclear proliferation. We all have concerns, and certainly as an Israeli I would be the last one to say good things about the Iranian system as a political system. However, if you look at Iran as an Islamic republic, and it is a self-defined Islamic republic, it has a number of internal institutional phenomena which one should not overlook. -UCLA - 10/19/04

Iranian Official: Negotiations between Parliament, government positive
The unofficial session held behind closed door was attended by the Minister of Oil Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, Minister of Commerce Mohammad Shariatmadari, Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Safdar Hosseini, Head of the Management and Planning Organization Hamid-Reza Shoraka, governor of Central Bank of Iran and Ansari. - 10/19/04

Iran's ambassador calls on Azerbaijan's mass media to cooperate in boosting ties
IRI Ambassador to Baku Afshar Soleymani here on Monday called on Azerbaijan Republic's mass media to cooperate closely with Iran's Embassy in boosting two neighboring Muslim nations comprehensive ties. - 10/19/04

5000 Ilkhanid Coins Discovered in Sultanyeh Historical Site
In an unprecedented discovery, over 5000 Ilkhanid coins were found in the historical site of Sultanyeh Dome, the 14th century Iranian capital - 10/19/04

Iran's gas exports to Turkey top 6 billion cubic meters
Iran exported over six billion cubic meters of gas to Turkey from January 2002 to August 2004, the head of the Iranian Gas Company's Information and Reports Department said here on Tuesday. - 10/19/04

Razing Rafah: Mass Home Demolitions in the Gaza Strip
Over the past four years, the Israeli military has demolished over 2,500 Palestinian houses in the occupied Gaza Strip. -HRW - 10/19/04

U.S. Election Seen As Multilateralism Versus Unilateralism, But Rhetoric Clouds Reality
U.S. President George W. Bush has acquired a reputation as a unilateralist who favors military action to advance U.S. interests in the world. Democratic challenger Senator John Kerry has promised to return U.S. foreign policy to multilateral traditions and place more emphasis on diplomacy to promote U.S. goals. -RFE - 10/19/04

Lawyer for slain journalist vows to continue fight
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate leading the fight for justice of slain Montreal photojournalist Zahra Kazemi vowed yesterday not to give up. -Montreal Gazette - 10/19/04

The Art of Elamites
The destruction of the great old city of Ur in Mesopotamia by the Elamites in about 2000 B.C. left a deep impression on the contemporary Mesopotamians. Two Sumerian lamentations on clay tablets reflect the memory of this event: -CHN - 10/19/04

In Iraq, the peaceful south gets deadlier with every day
In the past three months, British forces in Iraq have been attacked more often than at any time since the invasion. It is a largely untold story, however, since few British journalists have been able to get on the ground to report the situation for fear of kidnap, and it can be difficult to get access to the military. -Guardian - 10/19/04

Iran exports over 68 tons of saffron
Iran exported over 68 tons of saffron valued at 37.7 million dollars during the first half of the current Iranian calendar year of 1383 (started March 20, 2004). - 10/19/04

Iran ran away with the bomb
Well, the talks and meetings will go on and on to the next Ramadan and the Ramadan after that and Iran will go on working on its nuclear arms program until it has the Bomb. -Washington Times - 10/19/04

Bush: I would accept Islamic Iraq
US President George W Bush has said he would accept an Islamic government in Iraq as the result of free elections. -BBC - 10/19/04

U.S. Jews turning against war — because of its impact on Israel
When it comes to the Iraq war, U.S. Jews have followed much the same trajectory as their fellow Americans: solid support leading into the war, grave doubts about it now. -JTA - 10/19/04

India's GAIL to buy 2.5 MMTPA of LNG from NIOC of Iran
Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) has finalized a gas purchase pact with the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) to buy 2.5 million metric tons of LNG per annum (MMTPA). - 10/18/04

Russia urges Iran nuclear action
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said Iran must take more steps to dispel concern about its nuclear programme, Russian media have reported. -BBC - 10/18/04

Personal and Political
A small band of female Muslim comics are breaking cultural and gender stereotypes on stages across the country with a diverse set of convictions and comedic styles. -AlterNet - 10/18/04

Iran’s satellite: a look at the implications
Recently, the Iranian military announced that it has successfully tested a 2000-km range missile, the Shahab 5, and the Tehran government has also said that, in April of 2005, they plan to launch the Islamic Republic’s first satellite. -Space Review - 10/18/04

80 percent of Iran's oil reserves unexplored
A senior Iranian parliamentarian on Sunday urged the government to speed up efforts to exploit joint hydrocarbon reserves, stressing that some 80 percent of the country's oil fields remains unexplored. - 10/18/04

A Protestant minister who converted from Islam risks the death penalty for apostasy
Hamid Pourmand is a Protestant minister of the Assemblies of God Church. He converted from Islam several years ago. Since September he has been held in prison at an undisclosed location and under Iranian law he can be put to death for “apostasy against Islam”. -AsiaNews, Italy - 10/18/04

Iran to launch first spy satellite by spring
Iran will launch its first spy satellite in March or April 2005, Uzi Rubin, head of the Defense Ministry department responsible for ballistic missile defense, predicted over the weekend. -Haaretz, Israel - 10/18/04

Rare specie of two-headed venomous snake found in Iran's northeastern city of Neishabour
A two-headed venomous snake from a rare specie was discovered recently in the northeasern city of Neishabour and is currently kept in Neishabour's wildlife museum, said a local official here Monday. - 10/18/04

Statoil and Hydro compete for Iranian oil
Norway's Hydro and Statoil are competing for the contract to develop Iran's giant oil field Yadavaran. -Norway Post - 10/18/04

Iraq's Schools Suffer from War, Neglect
The first comprehensive study on the condition of schools in Iraq shows thousands of them are seriously damaged and unfit for students. The study, carried out by the Iraqi Ministry of Education and partially funded by UNICEF, says the schools' problems date to the Saddam era. - 10/18/04

EU Launches Last Ditch Iran Plan
EU officials acknowledge that Europe alone cannot offer Iran big enough incentives to abandon what it insists is peaceful nuclear research, without the prospect of the United States ending its isolation of the Islamic Republic. -Deutsche Welle - 10/17/04

Iran ready to discuss nuclear issue without conditions: FM spokesman
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi here Sunday declared Iran's readiness to hold talks about its nuclear issue without any conditions, but the outcome depends on the approach of both sides. - 10/17/04

Lifting the veil of tyranny
Shirin Ebadi, Iran's top human rights activist and winner of last year's Nobel Peace Prize, told a Montreal audience yesterday she has a dream 'real democracy' will someday be embraced by the Muslim world - - 10/17/04

Our War on Terrorism
I am calling it "our" war on terrorism because I want to distinguish it from Bush's war on terrorism, and from Sharon's, and from Putin's. What their wars have in common is that they are based on an enormous deception: persuading the people of their countries that you can deal with terrorism by war. -Howard Zinn, Progressive - 10/17/04

Iran's national car Samand meets tough European standards: official
Samand is the first Iranian-manufactured car which possess all intellectual patents and ownership rights and was first designed in 1997-98 and started mass production in 2001-02, Khosroshahi said. He added all products of Iran's major car manufacturing company, Iran Khodro Industrial Group, will meet global standards in next two years. - 10/17/04

Iran among world's top dam builders
Iran is one of the world's top dam building countries, the managing director of Iran Water and Power Resources Development Company said in Tehran on Saturday. - 10/17/04

Iranian judiciary source denies sentencing girl to death by stoning
Under the Islamic Sharia law, introduced into Iran's penal code since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, extramarital sex carries death sentence by stoning, but officials have reportedly given their nod to replace it with alternative punishments. - 10/17/04

A Persian Palace Opens in Napa
The latest winery to open, on Silverado Trail in eastern Napa, displays more than just a hint of Persia. After five years of construction, Darioush has been transformed into a 22,000-square-foot winery and visitor center that evokes the memory of the ancient Persian city of Persepolis. -Wine Spectator - 10/16/04

Europeans to Offer Iran Last Chance to End Nuclear Weapons Effort
Key European allies told the United States Friday they will offer Iran a package of inducements next week in an effort to persuade Tehran to end its drive for nuclear weapons. U.S. officials say if the bid fails, the matter will go to the U.N. Security Council. -VOA - 10/16/04

EU wants to avoid referral of Iran's dossier to UN Security Council
The European Union as a whole will from now on be involved together with France, Germnay and the UK in a European initiative to engage Iran over its nuclear program. - 10/16/04

Iran: New arrest of a journalist contributing to reformist websites
Reporters Without Borders condemned a renewed crackdown on the online press after the 10 October arrest of Omid Memarian on the orders of the 9th chamber of the Tehran prosecutor's office, for posting articles on several reformist sites. Three more journalists are already in custody for the same reasons. - 10/16/04

Japanes Band Performs at Iran's Historical Persepolis
In a groundbreaking move by a foreign music band, a Japanese band performed live on Thursday in Persepolis, one of the world’s most famed ancient palaces -CHN - 10/16/04

Some Other Consequences of the Iranian Bomb
Consider, first of all, how popular such a development would be inside Iran. By developing a nuclear warhead, the mullahs will reap a harvest of nationalist sentiment amongst ordinary Iranians, who will rejoice not on behalf of the present regime but for the prestige, safety and security that a bomb will be seen to have brought their country. -Roger Howard - 10/16/04

Analysis: Tehran Talks Out Of Both Sides Of Mouth On Afghan Election
The Iranian government is continuing to take a two-pronged approach to events in neighboring countries. The relatively moderate Foreign Ministry has congratulated Afghanistan on its first election, which took place on 9 October. Official government radio, however, is sending a different message to the Afghan people, with Dari broadcasts from northwestern Iran denouncing Hamid Karzai as a U.S. stooge and playing up alleged election violations. -RFE - 10/16/04

Tehran Art Expo 2004
Among the many events that have been happening in our Tehran, perhaps the most important and significant one this month is the first Tehran Art Expo (2004) which started two weeks ago in Roudaki Hall. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 10/15/04

Iran: Journalist Detained in Internet Crackdown
The arrest of journalist and internet writer Omid Memarian continues a disturbing crackdown on journalists and internet writers in Iran, Human Rights Watch said today. Memarian, a well-known figure in Iran’s nongovernmental organization community, has been detained without charge since his arrest on Sunday, Oct. 10. - 10/15/04

Iran's Strongman Plots Comeback Amid Domestic Political Struggle
A pitched political battle is raging in Iran over control of economic policy. Radical-conservative elements in the Iranian parliament are seeking to preserve the state’s dominant role in the economy. They are opposed by prominent Iranian politician, Aliakbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Political analysts in Tehran say Rafsanjani wants to use the political dispute as a stepping stone to the presidency in 2005. -Eurasianet - 10/15/04

Attacking Iran's nuclear facilities 'dangerous,' says UK magazine
Any attempt by the US or Israel to attack Iran's nuclear facilities would not only be more difficult but much more highly perilous than the 1981 bombing of Iraq's unfinished plant by Israel, according to Britain's New Statesman magazine. - 10/15/04

Iran is France's primary trade partner in Mideast, French minister
Speaking at a seminar on "Foreign Investment Prospect in Iran", he said that the reforms made on foreign investment policy in Iran and the country's suitable investment atmosphere have paved the ground for expansion of bilateral trade relations. - 10/15/04

Immigrants’ Rights under Attack in House Bill (H.R. 10)
Human Rights Watch believes that many aspects of the proposed House Bill (H.R. 10) raise serious human rights concerns. H.R. 10 undercuts U.S. commitments to vulnerable populations, and it does so disingenuously by dressing up its proposals in the language of terrorism, when in fact many of its provisions have nothing to do with terrorism. - 10/15/04

Iran’s Israeli factor
Washington is sending mixed signals over Iran’s planned development of nuclear weapons. Will Israel pre–empt its decision by launching an attack? -Open Democracy - 10/15/04

Iran: Barred from international travel, writer misses Courage Award ceremony
The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly protests a travel ban imposed on Iranian journalist and human rights activist Emadeddin Baghi, who was due to be honored here today with an award recognizing his courage in fighting injustice. - 10/14/04

Iran cracks down on blog protests
Six online journalists and webloggers have been arrested in Iran recently in a crackdown on dissent on the internet. -BBC - 10/14/04

Analysis: Russia Treads Fine Line On Iranian Nuclear Issue
At a press conference during his recent visit to Tehran, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia does not support the idea of referring Tehran's nuclear case to the United Nations and will continue nuclear cooperation with Iran. -RFE - 10/14/04

Iran's Gas Pipeline May Turn South Asia's Peace Pipe
Of the many initiatives undertaken to forge lasting peace between South Asia's squabbling neighbors, none can challenge the promise of Iran's proposed natural gas pipeline to India traversing through Pakistan. - 10/14/04

Historical Churches in Iran
The majority of churches in Iran that possess historical and artistic value were built around the eight century A.H. or the 14th century AD, and the period thereafter. Of course, this does not mean that there were no churches existing in the country before that period. -CHN - 10/14/04

Iran's Oil Surplus Revenue Hits 10 Billion Dollars- MP
Iran earned 10 billion dollars more than what was predicted in the Third Development Plan during the first half of current Iranian year (started March 20, 2004) as oil prices soar in international markets, Head of Majlis Energy Commission Kamal Daneshyar said. - 10/13/04

Tehran Bars Iranian Journalist From Traveling to US to Receive Civil Courage Award
Iranian journalist and rights advocate Emadeddin Baghi was supposed to accept an award for civil courage in New York City this week, but Iranian authorities detained him at Tehran airport, seized his passport and prevented from leaving the country. A relative of the journalist says he will continue to fight for reforms in Iran, despite pressure from the Iranian government to silence him. -VOA - 10/13/04

Iran, US Set to Dig Rare Elamite City
A joint team of Iranian and American archeologists are set to start the latest season of excavation in the historical city of Enshan, left from the Elamite era -CHN - 10/11/04

The revolution next time
As Iran moves to the front burner, some in Washington are arguing that with a little help exiles and dissidents can topple the mullahs and establish a pro-Western democracy. Sound familiar? -Boston Globe - 10/11/04

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